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10 different types of saws and their use - Federated Tool

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Whether you are a new homeowner in the quest to have a decent workshop, a professional woodworker looking to buy a brand new tool or a carpenter who is looking for the perfect saw, saws come in all shapes, sizes and prices. How many can you name from the top of your head? Here are 10 different types of saws and their use to help you make the best choice!


Never underestimate a hand tool! Handsaws are possibly the most iconic tools of all time. It has been around for thousands of years and may come in handy when all you have are corded saws, but no power. It is mainly used to cut wood and utilizes a crosscut to cut across the wood’s grain.

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Circular Saw

The circular saw remains one of the most common power tools that you can find in any construction site, homeowner garage, and workshop. Equipped with the proper blade, circular saws can cut in a straight and single line in wood, plastic, metal, and masonry.

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Miter Saw

A miter saw is a circular saw that is attached to a stationary bench. It is designed to make crosscuts and are generally used for framing and cutting trim and also, for molding. Miter saws are typically portable and usually utilize blades ranging from 8 to 12 inches.

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Table Saw

Being one of the most massive stationary tools you can have in a workshop, a table saw combines a circular saw with a table to form a polyvalent and powerful machine. With a tablesaw, you have the ability to adjust the height of the blade, which changes the depth of the cut. The table saw is mostly utilized to cut very large and long pieces of wood.

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A jigsaw is an extremely versatile, handheld saw that excels at cutting curves in wood. With a firm grip, any woodworker would be able to control his tool while cutting. Equipped with the right blade, a jigsaw can cut through metal, drywall, and wood. They cut much more faster and more accurately than a hacksaw or handsaw.

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Reciprocating Saw

Like its name says, a reciprocating saw creates a push-and-pull motion when cutting in wood. They come in models with variable speeds and variable orbital actions and they can cut vertically and horizontally. With the proper blade, a reciprocating saw can make short and long strokes through materials like wood, brick, cardboard, and drywall.

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Besides the circular saw, the bandsaw is one of the most utilized and popular saws in any workshop, garage, cabinet making company, you name it. A bandsaw features a long and thin blade, used for woodworking and metalworking. They are also equipped with great features like miter gauge and rip fence to help make straight cuts with extreme precision.

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Scroll Saw

A scroll saw defines as a benchtop saw mainly used to cut precise curves in wood and metal. It use. Being slightly similar to the bandsaw, its main differences resides in its use of a reciprocating blade as opposed to a continuous loop. Its small-size blade allows it to cut small and intricate designs better than a jigsaw, for example.

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Concrete Saw

Being a strong and powerful saw, a concrete saw is utilized to cut strong materials like concrete. Equipped with the right blade, it can also cut through brick, asphalt, and tile. The concrete saw comes in various sizes and models, from handheld to walk-behind tools for heavy-duty jobs.

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Chop saw

Also known as an abrasive saw, or cut-off saw, a chop saw is used to cut hard materials like tile, concrete, and metal. Technically, it is not a saw per se; it uses abrasive circular disc to cut through hard materials.

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Panel Saw

Less known than the bandsaw and the table saw, the panel is mostly found in woodworking shops. A panel saw is used to cut wooden panels to the desired size. This particular saw is also used in cabinet shops, remodelers, lumber yards, and building contractors.

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So, how many did you know? Regardless of your knowledge about saws, if you can’t find the saw model that you need for your toolbox, workshop or business, we invite you to contact us and our team will be pleased to provide you with all the information you need.

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